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Mayor & Council


The Cumberland Mayor and City Council meet the first and third Tuesday evenings each month beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 57 North Liberty Street.  

Time is allocated for the public to address the Mayor and City Council at the end of the meeting and is limited to five minutes per individual.  You may also request to be placed on the formal agenda by contacting the City Administrator's office at 301-759-6424.  







To contact the Mayor and Council:


Brian K. Grim, Mayor

Brian grew up in Cumberland and graduated from Fort Hill High School, Allegany College of Maryland, and Frostburg State University, where he completed a double major in Political Science and Justice Studies.  He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Frostburg State.  Brian currently works for the Department of Natural Resources at Rocky Gap State Park, where he serves as a Park Ranger.  He also serves in the community as a volunteer, having volunteered in Maryland’s State Parks since 1992, amassing over 12,000 volunteer hours.  He serves on Cumberland’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, the Cumberland Economic Development Commission, the Cumberland Blight Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Fort Hill High School Scholarship Fund, as well as dozens of other community Boards and organizations.
Brian was elected to the Cumberland City Council in November 2008 and was sworn into office in January 2009. Brian was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Cumberland in November 2010 and was sworn into office in January 2011. 
For his participation in the community, Grim has been honored as a “Community Quarterback” by Parade Magazine, the NFL, and the Baltimore Ravens, for outstanding service to the community.  Governors O’Malley, Ehrlich, and Glendening, have all recognized Brian to be a community leader, each awarding him with service awards and certificates of appreciation.  In 2007, Grim was awarded a Citation by Speaker Busch and the Maryland House of Delegates for dedication to the community.  Grim has also been recognized by President Bush on two occasions in 2006 and again in 2007, for his volunteer service, acknowledging him with back-to-back “Call to Service” volunteerism awards and again by President Obama in 2010 and 2011 with “Call to Service” awards.  Grim was named in 2007, by the President of the United States, to be a “Daily Point of Light” Award recipient, recognized nationally for his community service efforts.  In 2007, Brian was recognized as one of Allegany County’s “Most Fascinating People” by Allegany Magazine.




David Caporale, Councilman


David J. Caporale was born in Cumberland, Maryland and is a graduate of Bishop Walsh High School and Frostburg State University.  Dave currently runs the family business, Caporale's Bakery, which has been operating in the area since 1906.  He is a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, Cumberland, Maryland, South Cumberland Business Association, Wamba Caravan #89, The Goodfellowship Club, and serves on the Board of Allegany County CASA.


Councilman Caporale was elected in November 2012.  He was sworn into office January 2013 and currently serves on the Downtown Development Commission and Evitts Creek Steering Committee.


Dave and his wife Melissa have two children, Michael and Julia.

David F. Kauffman, Councilman

David Kauffman currently serves as the Vice-Principal of Braddock Middle School and the Fine Arts Coordinator for Allegany County Public Schools.
David has been actively involved in the redevelopment of Downtown Cumberland.  In addition to having owned a downtown business, he served as president of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association for four years and coordinated several renovation projects in the downtown.

A graduate of Great Mills High School and Frostburg State University, David is actively involved with the Cumberland Jazz Society and Queen City Performing Arts Development, Inc.  He is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra – a contemporary big band featuring representatives of the finest collegiate music programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

David has been serving as City Councilman of Cumberland since 2011.  As a member of Council, he currently serves on the Economic Development Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Neighborhood Advisory Commission. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Street.

David and his wife Jennifer have two children, Kaitlyn and Sam.



Nicole Alt-Myers, Councilwoman


Bio to be posted soon.








Seth D. Bernard, Councilman


Seth Bernard is a 2005 graduate of Fort Hill High School, and attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Intelligence & National Security.  He is currently employed at IBM as a Security & Privacy Consultant in Cyber Security. 


Councilman Bernard was elected in November 2014.  He was sworn into office January 2015 and currently serves on the Evitts Creek Water Company and Steering Committee, as well as the Neighborhood Advisory Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.


Seth resides in Cumberland with his wife, Jewel, and their two children, Kennedy & Coen.